Monday, December 19, 2011

Epic Parties

My husband and I love to throw parties. In addition to the list of things we like to do together, entertaining is up there; it's an art we've crafted over the years. I believe that there's four key ingredients to throwing an epic party: delish food, a full bar, a solid music playlist, and awesome people.

Every year we throw a huge birthday party for my husband around this time. It's his birthday, it's the holidays, and it's a perfect excuse to get everyone together. Last Saturday we invited 80 of our closest friends for an unforgettable evening. So, after cooking for two days straight, and partying until the wee wee hours of the night, er morning, there goes another great party!

Last year I gave you my stuffed mushroom recipe, so this year I'll give you a really easy one, that has been referred to as edible crack by a few of our guests: bacon wrapped dates. All you do is wrap smoked bacon around pitted medjool dates. Trader Joe's always has them around this time of year. I usually cut the bacon in half so that it's just the right amount to envelope the date. Then I bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for around 35 minutes (or until the bacon is crispy) and they're done! Let them cool before you serve.

The flowers
The birthday boy
The food

The people
The aftermath

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